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National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

Artist, artwork and project at this venue:

Marina Abramović


Confession, 2010
Performance for Video, 60 minutes
© Marina Abramović, Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives

Confession centres around the artist’s dramatic narratives of her personal life, which are contrasted to her sitting motionless in front of a donkey mesmerized by her gaze. Humility and truth are deeply connected in this work where the artist confesses “all the flaws and mistakes of my whole life”, in her own words.

Malta Fancy Poultry and Pigeon Club


7 Portraits, 2018
Photography exhibition

The link between man and nature is shown in a playful photographic rendition of these majestic-looking birds.

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National Museum of Natural History

The National Museum of Natural History, established in 1973, is situated in Mdina in an 18th century palace, restructured by Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena, with plans by Charles Francois de Mondion in 1726. Vilhena Palace was designed in Parisian Baroque style, substituting the original building of the medieval University.

The main responsibility of the museum is the acquisition, collection and conservation of natural history material, with importance given to local biota.

The display areas in the museum cover various topics such as Maltese Geology and Palaeontology; various aspects of Malta’s wildlife, including birds of the Maltese cliff habitat; the ecological importance of the islands of Filfla, Fungus Rock, St. Paul’s and Comino; and a special hall dedicated to minerals, based on the collection of Lewis Mizzi.

Vilhena Palace
St Publius Square
Mdina MDN 1010

Opening hours:
Mon - Sun 9 am - 5 pm
Last admission at 4:30 pm

Tour through the venues with information and photos about the sites and exhibited artworks, as well as interactive geolocations.

© Photos: Courtesy Valletta 2018 Foundation
© Photo on top: Courtesy of Heritage Malta

A Contemporary Art Exhibition at various Heritage Sites

13 October - 9 December 2018

Curator: Rosa Martínez

Austin Camilleri, Chiharu Shiota, Eulalia Valldosera, Forensic Oceanography and Forensic Architecture, Kyung-Jin Cho, Malta Fancy Poultry and Pigeon Club, Marina Abramović, Readymades in Malta, Saskia Calderón, Tania Berta Judith, Yoshitomo Nara

Part of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture
Valletta 2018 Foundation

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